Giuliani suggests Trump may pardon Manafort after Mueller's probe


As former Donald Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort spent his first weekend in jail pending trial on charges brought by the special counsel investigating Russia's interference in the 2016 election, Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani floated the possibility of presidential pardons for Manafort and others charged in the probe.

Tapper asked Giuliani to clarify whether he was in fact calling for a special counsel to investigate the special counsel - eliciting laughter from the Republican New Yorker.

Trump has pardoned several conservative icons in recent weeks, but Giuliani said no one being investigated by Mueller "should rely on it".

Giuliani responded equally directly, and covered more ground than just Manafort.

Mr. Giuliani also addressed whether the president might pardon people caught up in Mr. Mueller's investigation.

"I believe that the Mueller investigation should be investigated not because necessarily of Mueller but because of its genesis in this very, very now completely nearly illegal and unethical probe, this Russian probe", he said.

"When it's over? Hey, he's the President of the United States, he retains his pardon power", Giuliani said.

"We want to see if we can have the investigation and special counsel declared illegal and unauthorized", Giuliani, a former NY mayor and federal prosecutor, told the Post in an interview Friday.

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U.S. District Judge Amy Berman ordered Manafort to spend his time in a jail cell awaiting his criminal trial.

Watch the clip above, courtesy of CNN.

As part of that investigation, Mueller's team is reviewing whether Trump sought to obstruct the probe when he fired FBI Director James Comey previous year.

But Trump has seized on the report as fodder for his decision to fire Comey last May.

Sen. Susan Collins of ME said on CBS' "Face the Nation" that she thought it was helpful Giuliani has recommended against pardons.

"I couldn't possibly justify troubling the president when he was working on peace with North Korea", Giuliani said, accusing the Mueller team of being "responsible for three months of delays". Even though Mueller rejected his earlier request for written testimony from the president, Giuliani said he's still pushing for written questions and answers if Trump decides to speak with Mueller. "The phony Russian Collusion was a made up Hoax", Trump tweeted on Sunday.

Mueller has been investigating possible obstruction of justice as well as contacts between Trump campaign officials and a Russian effort to sway the 2016 presidential race in Trump's favor. "Too bad they didn't look at Crooked Hillary like this".

In comments to another reporter, Giuliani reportedly said pardons are completely off the table. "The president wants to do it".